The Lower School Counseling Program aims to help students grow in their personal, social, and academic skills.
The program also helps students manage challenges that arise during the school year. The counselor is available for individual meetings with students at the request of the student, teacher, or parent to work toward productive action at school and at home.
The Lower School Counseling Program components include character education classes, individual counseling, small group counseling, lunch bunch groups, Students of Character (SOC) groups, and consultations with teachers, parents, administrators, and other educational specialists. Special programs to prepare students for the challenges of life are also included.
The Junior High and High School Counseling Program’s goal is to promote the overall social and emotional development of our CES students.
Focused on character development and emotional intelligence, we work with students to provide learning opportunities that will benefit their personal, social, and academic life both in and out of the school environment. We offer individual counseling to students to help resolve concerns at the request of the student, parent, or teacher. We provide support to school staff by assisting with classroom management techniques and the development of programs to improve mental health or school safety. Throughout the year, age appropriate topics are presented to students relating to health and wellness.
Our Character Education Program has been an important part of the Lower School for several years.
Weekly classes are taught throughout the school year.
Each month, we focus on a specific value or character trait and incorporate that into all aspects of our Lower School from individual classrooms and chapel to the playground. Some of the character traits we focus on include mindfulness, kindness, self-control, respect, empathy, gratitude, giving, assertiveness, responsibility, determination, and confidence.
The Junior High School Counseling Program also includes Character Education classes weekly. The counselor presents different topics to the fifth- and sixth-graders to help promote positive attitudes and actions. Some topics presented include conflict resolution, social skills, empathy, positive self-esteem, and coping skills.